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« Topic Start: June 29, 2007, 03:12:04 am »

Hello, fellow pagans.  I stumbled upon your message board in an attempt to find like minded individuals.  I'm trying to rectify my faith within the greater scope of my life, and I feel like there is a certain kind of retained "embarrassment" regarding my faith.  Not matter how many times I overcome the fear to exclaim, "Good goddess" in public or something equally silly, I still feel like I just can't reclaim my pride, but I feel unshaken in my faith.

I have a very personal relationship with my pantheon, and don't cling to any particular trappings, though I have a certain predisposition towards the Ancient Greek pantheon and Persephone in particular.  I came here for a little extra support and advice, and I hope to one day be able to share my religious experiences with friends and family who are interested without feeling as though I have a hurdle of shame to overcome.

To answer any questions, no, I've never been Christian.  I don't know from where this feeling originates; my family and friends are extremely supportive, and I've never been treated poorly as a result of my beliefs.  Perhaps it is the difficulty I have in summorizing my thoughts to others - after all I don't truly have a single line of dogma or bit of wisdom to impart.  My religion is always shifting and changing with each new discussion with my Gods and Goddesses, and sometimes I feel that, as a solitary, it's very hard to constantly grapple with one's faith in seclusion.

Phew, long intro... thanks for hearing me out!
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« Reply #1: June 29, 2007, 03:19:11 am »


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« Reply #2: June 29, 2007, 05:59:29 am »



Welcome to the Cauldron!

As a personal thought, if 'good goddess' isn't something you exclaim on instinct, than it will feel silly.  Exclamations like that are generally what comes to mind, regardless of whether they synch up with your beliefs, life, etc.
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« Reply #3: June 29, 2007, 07:52:46 am »


Welcome to the Cauldron!

and I tend to say things like "sweet mother of god" .. and I've never been Catholic.  Just grew up around 'em.  *shrug*  when you swear, you say whatever's programmed in, not what you want to say. Smiley
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« Reply #4: June 29, 2007, 08:21:58 am »

Hello, fellow pagans.

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« Reply #5: June 29, 2007, 08:36:15 am »

Hello, fellow pagans.  I stumbled upon your message board in an attempt to find like minded individuals.

Welcome to The Cauldron, Mendrian!
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Hello, fellow pagans. 

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« Reply #7: June 29, 2007, 08:58:10 am »

and I tend to say things like "sweet mother of god" .. and I've never been Catholic.  Just grew up around 'em.  *shrug*  when you swear, you say whatever's programmed in, not what you want to say. Smiley

Agreed.  I have a tendency to say "oh my god" and "good lord" even though I haven't been Christian for years.  *shrug* And I could stretch that if I wanted to say, "Well, I do have a single, male Patron, even if I believe in multiple gods," but the truth is I'm just saying what's been programmed into my brain.
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« Reply #8: June 29, 2007, 10:36:53 am »

Hello, fellow pagans.  I stumbled upon your message board in an attempt to find like minded individuals.  I'm trying to rectify my faith within the greater scope of my life, and I feel like there is a certain kind of retained "embarrassment" regarding my faith.  Not matter how many times I overcome the fear to exclaim, "Good goddess" in public or something equally silly, I still feel like I just can't reclaim my pride, but I feel unshaken in my faith.

Welcome Smiley

Do I dare admit I've been known to pick up things from kids TV? lol 'Great Ceasar's Ghost!" being one example. Now that's silly - not exactly what you meant I know, but... Smiley
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« Reply #9: June 29, 2007, 10:39:42 am »

Do I dare admit I've been known to pick up things from kids TV? lol 'Great Ceasar's Ghost!" being one example. Now that's silly - not exactly what you meant I know, but... Smiley

Admit away.  Hubby's been using "oh.  your.  god." lately, which he picked up from Futurama.  (Hey, at least it was that and not "sweet zombie Jesus".)
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« Reply #10: June 29, 2007, 11:26:29 am »

Admit away.  Hubby's been using "oh.  your.  god." lately, which he picked up from Futurama.  (Hey, at least it was that and not "sweet zombie Jesus".)

is THAT where I got sweet zombie Jesus from?Huh?

that's been bugging me.
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is THAT where I got sweet zombie Jesus from?Huh?

Possibly; it's the only place I've heard it, but it's also possible Groening got it from someplace else and I just don't realize it.  You'd only have heard it there if you've watched the DVDs, though, the phrase gets altered or cut or something when the couple of episodes that include it run on TV.  (I forget exactly how they handle it, since we own all 4 seasons on DVD and watch it that way; I just remember it gets censored for TV runs.)
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« Reply #12: June 29, 2007, 11:47:03 pm »

Hello, fellow pagans.  I stumbled upon your message board in an attempt to find like minded individuals.  I'm trying to rectify my faith within the greater scope of my life, and I feel like there is a certain kind of retained "embarrassment" regarding my faith.  Not matter how many times I overcome the fear to exclaim, "Good goddess" in public or something equally silly, I still feel like I just can't reclaim my pride, but I feel unshaken in my faith.

I have a very personal relationship with my pantheon, and don't cling to any particular trappings, though I have a certain predisposition towards the Ancient Greek pantheon and Persephone in particular.  I came here for a little extra support and advice, and I hope to one day be able to share my religious experiences with friends and family who are interested without feeling as though I have a hurdle of shame to overcome.

To answer any questions, no, I've never been Christian.  I don't know from where this feeling originates; my family and friends are extremely supportive, and I've never been treated poorly as a result of my beliefs.  Perhaps it is the difficulty I have in summorizing my thoughts to others - after all I don't truly have a single line of dogma or bit of wisdom to impart.  My religion is always shifting and changing with each new discussion with my Gods and Goddesses, and sometimes I feel that, as a solitary, it's very hard to constantly grapple with one's faith in seclusion.

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« Reply #13: July 01, 2007, 02:53:37 pm »

Welcome to the Cauldron!

As a personal thought, if 'good goddess' isn't something you exclaim on instinct, than it will feel silly.  Exclamations like that are generally what comes to mind, regardless of whether they synch up with your beliefs, life, etc.
Yeah, for some reason my favorite exclamation has become "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!"  Never been Catholic.  Huh
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« Reply #14: July 01, 2007, 11:53:26 pm »

Yeah, for some reason my favorite exclamation has become "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!"  Never been Catholic.  Huh

I say that too!  I've had a strong Catholic influence in my life, but the Catholics I know would never say it.  Not sure where I picked it up from.

My mother says "holy cow!"  And no, she's not Hindu.  Cheesy
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